House Lust: A Storybook Home in South Kingstown

Tucked on a hillside near the sea, it might be the dreamiest property ever.

Photos via Randall Realtors.

I wrote “dreamiest” property ever, not most perfect property ever. This early-nineteenth-century home, in Matunuck Hills, needs some love. The kitchen could use a facelift and the pine floors need refinishing.

Imperfections aside: If the slideshow below doesn’t make you swoon, then we clearly weren’t raised on the same reading material. It’s straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale and — sanity and stop marks be damned! — I would wrangle a Home Depot drum sander and finish the floors myself if I could call this place home.

A lucky person can: The two-acre property in coastal South Kingstown — with main house, carriage house and studio outbuilding, oh my — hit the market last week for $420,000.

According to the listing, the property is called Hidden Hearth. The main house, with shingles and original gray stone, was built in 1820 and once served as a one-room cottage with a forge on the ground level. Passersby would stop there for wagon repair.

The carriage house was built in 1850; at 1,000 square feet, it now serves as a rental unit. The property is just across Route 1 from the beaches, and the carriage house would go over well with the hygge crowd on homesharing sites like Airbnb and Homeaway.

Also tucked behind the home is a stand-alone one-room studio. Are you imagining a space for that novel you hope to write or that craft you’d like to pursue? Me, too. Real estate keeps the dream alive.

Click through for more happily-ever-after thoughts:

For information on this property, call Randall Realtors’ Cecile Cohen at 401-364-7310 or visit

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